Yannick Bolasie has had a journeyman’s career, with 351 senior games played with eight different teams in about a dozen or so years. After Marco Silva decided last season that he was surplus to requirements at Everton, Bolasie went out on loan to Aston Villa in the Championship for the first half of the season, before being sent to Anderlecht in Belgium for the second half of the season.
Everton’s transfer policy before the arrival of Marcel Brands looked deeply misguided, and along with the additions of Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez, signing Bolasie for a princely sum of £30 million in the summer of 2016 has got to be one of the worst deals made in living memory.
A serious knee injury robbed him of ample playing time at the Blues with Yala out for over a year, but aside from that even at Crystal Palace he appeared to be a flashy winger with little end product. That was proven in the few games that he did play for Everton, managing two goals and four assists in 32 appearances in royal blue.
At Villa last season he bagged two goals and five assists in 21 games, before finally finding his level in the Jupiler League, where he scored six times with three assists added on in 17 games for Anderlecht.
According to Goal, there’s a trio of Turkish sides chasing his signature, and that is mostly because Everton have dropped their asking price for the Democratic Republic of the Congo international to a meagre £7m, which is quite affordable for many of the Super Lig sides.
The Blues have a decent relationship with at least two of those suitors: Henry Onyekuru is on loan at double-winning Gala and they want him at the very least for another loan next season, while the Blues bought Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for what was a record sum for the Black Eagles. The third team interested is Trabzonspor, who finished fourth behind Besiktas and want o build up their squad for a Europa League campaign.
In recent weeks Newcastle and Southampton have also been linked with a move for the winger, but nothing has materialized from that chatter as yet.
At this point Everton will likely take any offers that come their way to get Bolasie’s £75,000/wk wages off the books, especially since his contract still has another two seasons to go.